Saturday, June 18, 2005

Into the very jaws of hell

Jack Mottram points at this BBC story about a South African anti-rape device and says only two words: vagina dentata. Brilliant.

From Times Online:
"The device, which Sonette Ehlers, its inventor, has patented, is worn like a tampon but is hollow. In the event of a rape, she said that it would fold around the rapistís penis and attach itself with microscopic hooks. It is impossible to remove the clamped device without medical intervention ... Charlene Smith, a leading anti-rape campaigner, said: 'This is a medieval instrument, based on male-hating notions and fundamentally misunderstands the nature of rape and violence against women in this society. It is vengeful, horrible, and disgusting. The woman who invented this needs help'."

I'll be the first to say that's one super-scary-sounding-contraption for both men and women, and it raises interesting questions about whether this represents an acceptance of the inevitability of rape, but have these critics never heard of the vagina dentata and women powerful enough to literally eat men alive?

Related: Anita Ingmarsdotter and FemDefence

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